The number of Spanish restaurants in Kuala Lumpur has increased substantially over the past 5 years.. Spanish cooking is, now a days, so “in fashion”, thanks in part to Ferran Adrià, who in the summer of 2003 attained international renown, in the New York Times… I am talking about the restaurant El Bulli, of course whose name is no stranger to any foodie’s ears, that is located in the province of Girona in Spain. Since then Spanish restaurants have blossomed faster than you can say ‘Tapas’.
chicken terrine – RM16.00
Since Spanish culture revolves around conversation and food, most meals are shared with friends and family and are served slowly to encourage chatter amongst guests.. Also you will find most colors employed in Spanish restaurants to be warm and rustic.. extremely homey. Unlike the typical three square meals a day that one finds common in American meals, the Spaniards enjoy multiple smaller meals throughout the day. Starting the morning with the smallest meal of the day, breakfast is usually something simple like a cup of coffee and milk . Tapas are eaten after breakfast, even before lunch just to keep the stomach lined before the next meal. Heck, one can eat tapas any hour of the day really. Since the Spanish eat dinner pretty late (9pm onwards) tapas is once again eaten between lunch and dinner. With the amount of olives and garlic employed in the cooking this is way more healthy than eating junk food snacks, for sure.
Calamari – RM16.00
I really like the Spanish style of eating and cooking.
Anyway, here at El Meson, after having sampled five to six types of different tapas on two different occasions, my favourites are the chicken terrine and the pork and beef meatballs, the Albondigas (past post here).
Stuffed tomatos – RM16.00
Pork Stew – RM76.00
Another interesting main course we had that day was the Pork Stew which was very similar to a Fabada (Spanish Casarole) i.e. it had lots of fava beans and pork, stewed over a long period of time to give that soft and succulent texture. This hearty pork belly stew was beany and a heavy dish that should be eaten as the main meal of the day, if you ask me, all on its own. Intense and rich, you will not soon forget the flavour.
The pork burger was perfect this time.. The last time I was here with A lil Fat Monkey, we found the burger way too salty. This time it was just right, with a gorgeous meaty aroma that would be hard to top. Another praiseworthy item in El Meson is the way they do the roast potatoes. If you like roast potatoes, this is the place to come eat them.
Iberico Cheeks.. from the iberico pig of course. Gamy and strong tasting ,these fantastic braised pork cheeks are soft and velvety in texture. Go for it if you like your meats with a little kick.
The pork chop was prepared just shy of well done – with a little pink in it. The waiter told us that this is actually “OK” because the pork is extremely fresh. You know how Malaysians only eat pork Well Done – but Nigel (my cousin) assured me that this is the perfect way to cook pork, provided the cut is of the highest quality and freshness. The pork chop at El Meson is good!
The chicken breast was hard. I did not like this dish too much.
The Chicken Egg Sandwich was huge. I did not get to try this as it was ordered right at the end, but I am told it was good too.
Finally, desserts on the house.
This is Craving Joe looking like he is about to burst from all that food..
Chef Fernando cooked up a Spanish lunch to remember that day. El Meson is certainly on our list of must eats for this year:)Add: El Meson, 61-61 jalan telawi 3,
Bangsar baru, 59100 bangsar, KL. Food is Non-Halal.